Kettering agrees in principle to host final stage of 2016 Women’s Tour cycling race

Boels Dolmans' Christine Majerus celebrates as she crosses the finish line during Stage Three of the 2015 Aviva Women's Tour of Britain. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 19, 2015. See PA story CYCLING Womens Tour. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire EMN-150623-152122001

Boels Dolmans' Christine Majerus celebrates as she crosses the finish line during Stage Three of the 2015 Aviva Women's Tour of Britain. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 19, 2015. See PA story CYCLING Womens Tour. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire EMN-150623-152122001

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Kettering may host the final leg of the 2016 Women’s Tour professional cycling race after a council meeting decided to agree in principle to stage it subject to a satisfactory financial settlement.

Stages of the race have been held in the county for the past two years with Kettering hosting the close of stage three earlier this year in June, but never before has it hosted the event’s climax.

The county council had asked Kettering to pay £40,000 towards the cost of the stage, which would be held on a Sunday, representing one third of the overall stage costs.

And at last night’s (Wednesday’s) executive committee meeting, councillors agreed to host the finish the race as long as a financial settlement that provides sufficient head room to accommodate the costs of hosting the race was in place.

It was suggested that acceptance of the request from the county council would attract new visitors to the town, increasing tourism and media coverage, and make the event management easier.

The 2015 Women’s Tour attracted cyclists from across the world and was won by Germany’s Lisa Brennauer.